Hundreds of thousands of South Korean students have returned to school after a delay of more than two months because of the coronavirus outbreak AFP/Ed JONES The country has been held up as a global model in how to curb the virus, but reported its biggest spike – 79 new cases – in nearly two months as life appeared returning to normal. The new cases – mostly centred in the Seoul metropolitan area where half the South Korean population lives – prompted officials to strengthen social distancing rules that were eased on May 6. Museums, parks and art galleries will all be closed again from Friday for two weeks, said health minister Park Neung-hoo, while companies were urged to re-introduce flexible working, among other measures. “We have decided to strengthen all quarantine measures in the metropolitan area for two weeks from tomorrow to Jun 14,” he said. Citizens were also advised to refrain from social gatherings or going to crowded places – including restaurants and bars – while religious facilities were asked to be extra vigilant with quarantine measures. There were no new delays, however, to the phased re-opening of schools that is currently underway. “The next two weeks are… Read full this story
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